August 15, 2013 Canon 85mm f/1.2 lens!


Jeff Rutherford got the much renowned Canon 85mm f/1.2 lens, and he let me get my dirty mitts on it, and photograph it.  So here it is for you to see.  Time for us to geek out and go crazy over this amazing piece of glass!  Go crazy, folks!  Go crazy! (Jack Buck).

The music for this page is Mozart’s Symphony #40 in G minor and Symphony #41 (“Jupiter”) in C Major from Staatskapelle Dresden, as conducted by Herbert Blomstedt.  This 1981 performance features the very well known “Molto Allegro” (I guarantee you’ve heard it) amongst others.  These two symphonies are my favorite compositions from Mozart.


IMG_1342ABCanon Powershot A4000 IS shot at 1/20 of a second shutter speed.  ISO 100.

There she is!  The 85mm f/1.2 lens from Canon.  All I had with me was my Pocketshot, but it was also a Canon, which is appropriate.  It’s just NOT in the same class as this glass!  Hmm; maybe should have cleaned off the bottom mirror…




IMG_1361ABCanon Powershot A4000 IS shot at 1/25 of a second shutter speed.  ISO 100.

This is simply insane; look at that opening!  It doesn’t even look like a camera lens!  By the way, if you are noting the slow shutter speeds, I am shooting with my Pocketshot mounted on a tripod, and with studio lighting (at work).  Hey, my little camera delivered a crisp shot here.  Maybe the 85mm f/1.2 has some competition?


Nice try.



IMG_1366ABCanon Powershot A4000 IS shot at 1/50 of a second shutter speed.  ISO 100.

Nothing like $2,000 worth of lens in my hand.  I had to sneak (part of) myself in there; it’s not everyday one gets to lay their paws on gear like this.  Eat your heart out, guys!




IMG_1372ABCanon Powershot A4000 IS shot at 1/30 of a second shutter speed.  ISO 100.

The 85mm f/1.2 attached to Jeff’s EOS 5D Mark II.  This is quite the heavy combo, and not for the dainty.  Oh, in case you are wondering why I don’t have any images taken with this beast of a lens…it wouldn’t fit on my Pocketshot (and I’m a Nikon guy; properly pronounced KNEE-KAHN, by the way…think Nissan…same thing).


Jeff Rutherford is a fabulous photographer; he’s WAY better than I am.  His portrait and candid people images are simply excellent.  Check out some of his work here:


This is a lens that someone with the talent of Jeff can really utilize.  However, I must note it’s NOT for everybody.  First off, a $2,000 lens is best maximized by someone with the skills to match it.  Next, it’s pretty much a portrait lens; it would likely not be of much use for landscapes (that’s why I would never get one).  It’s a very heavy lens, so you better be prepared to lug it around if your credit card is damaged by its purchase.  Finally, it’s probably best that you make your living behind a camera (wedding/portrait photographer) before you add this INSANE glass to your bag.

However, it sure was fun to play with!  Overall, it is the most impressive lens I have ever held.  As I build this page I’m still just shaking my head at it.  Cool!  Thanks, Jeff, for letting me spend time with it!


all images © Scott Woelm – August 2013